350: Intellectual Freedom Committee

General Duties:

1.The Intellectual Freedom Committee shall raise awareness of and provide access to resources on Intellectual Freedom for the New Mexico Library community. (Bylaws, Article XVI, Section 6).

2.It is recognized that the President at his/her discretion may appoint a chair or co-chairs to lead this committee. For the purpose of this document the term chair will be used.

3.The Committee chair shall be responsible for ensuring that the duties of the Committee are carried out.

4.The Committee shall be composed of a cross-section of the membership of NMLA. However, there is no formal requirement for representation by library type or geographical location, as it is important to have interested Committee members who participate in the Committeeā€™s activities.

5.The Committee shall maintain liaison with other groups concerned with Intellectual Freedom issues, including the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and the NMLA Legislation Committee.

6.The Committee should maintain a current work plan and revise it as necessary during the year.

7.The Committee chair should become familiar with the By-laws and with the procedural handbook pages on Standing Committees (PH 300). The chair should maintain a copy of the Procedural Handbook in good order, consulting the Chair of the Bylaws and Procedures Committee about anything in it that may seem to be insufficient, inconsistent or incorrect. The Handbook should be correct and up-to-date when it is passed on to the succeeding chair.

Calendar of Specific Duties.

April-June:
The Committee shall offer at least one program at the Annual Conference.
The Committee shall meet to develop the budget and work plan for the year.

July-September
The Committee shall develop and submit a program proposal for the Mini-Conference.The major task for the Committee in 2007-08 is to develop and review content for the tool kit. Once the tool kit is developed, the committee shall review the tool kit annually and revise as necessary

October-December
The Committee shall offer at least one program at the Mini-Conference.

January-March
The Committee shall develop and submit a program proposal for the Annual Conference.